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ERLC joins to protect health care workers from discrimination if they do not perform abortions

WASHINGTON, DC – Senator James Lankford (R-OK) introduced the Conscience Protection Act to protect health care providers and insurance plans from government discrimination if they decline to participate in abortions. The Conscience Protection Act also provides a private right of action for victims of conscience discrimination because the Biden Administration refuses to enforce existing conscience protections. 

“The Biden Administration’s failure to enforce conscience protections makes health care workers decide if they should lose their job or violate their beliefs by performing an abortion. Many health care professionals went into their careers to protect life, not take life. Doctors and nurses should never have to make the choice between their career and their conscience. The Conscience Protection Act defends health care workers and empowers them to stand by convictions as they care for their community,” said Lankford.

Lankford first introduced the Conscience Protect Act in 2019 and again in 2021. He spoke on the Senate floor after Democrats blocked his bill to ensure all Americans have their conscience rights protected.

Lankford is joined on the bill by Senators Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Steve Daines (R-MT), John Hoeven (R-ND), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Jim Risch (R-ID), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Josh Hawley (R-MO), John Thune (R-SD), Pete Ricketts (R-NE), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Deb Fischer (R-NE), and Joni Ernst (R-IA). Representative Jim Banks (R-IN) is introducing this bill in the House of Representatives.

This legislation is also supported by Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America, American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists Action, US Conference of Catholic Bishops, Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, Alliance Defending Freedom, National Right to Life Committee, EPPC’s HHS Accountability Project, Heritage Action, CatholicVote, Americans United for Life, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, Family Policy Alliance, and March for Life.

Read the full press release from Senator James Lankford (R-OK) here.

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